By Renee’ C.

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

An orphaned girl (Dixie Egerickx) discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s (Colin Firth) estate (IMDB).

The Secret Garden was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and was first published in 1911. There have been several stage and film adaptations made in the past that I have never seen. I was completely drawn into and mesmerized by this film. Sure, it is told from a child’s perspective but they are dealing with some very grown up issues. Mary Lennox (Egerickx) lost both parents while living in India and Colin Craven (Edan Hayhurst) lost his mother. Both are trying to deal with their grief and learn how to go on in life.

Egerickx and Hayhurst are wonderful in their roles. Mary she is strong willed and isn’t afraid to speak her mind but she is all alone and is wondering if she will ever have any friends. Her cousin, Colin (Hayhurst), lost his mother to cancer and is being neglected by his father, Lord Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) because he is lost in his grief to deal with him.

This film is visually stunning. The visual effects are vibrant and make you feel like you are in the secret garden with them. The influence of the Harry Potter films is evident as it was produced by the same people. Although this film deals with very grown up issues it is a delight to watch and children young and old shouldn’t miss it.

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